Astronaut and Author
Controlling Risk: 30 Techniques for Operating Excellence
Based on observations, discussions, and assessments from thirty-five years of working in various hazardous endeavors, including the recovery from the Texas City and Macondo incidents in the oil and gas industry, and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle incidents, Jim Wetherbee will present a list of ten adverse conditions that commonly existed in many organizations before they experienced major disasters or minor accidents. In sociotechnical systems used to control risk, improve performance, and accomplish goals, five of these ten adverse conditions existed on the technical side, and five were on the social side. By turning hindsight into foresight, participants can learn how to use the presence
and severity of these adverse conditions as indicators to determine if their organization may be drifting toward a disaster. This highly interactive workshop style session is one you don’t want to miss!
How do operators prevent the next accident? How do they prevent unpredictable accidents? Can they simultaneously improve performance? On the front lines of danger, your employees are the last line of defense trying to prevent death and destruction. What happens if they don’t succeed? After accidents, organizations typically issue new rules. These will work—until the next accident. Again, new rules are issued and procedures are updated. Yet, the cycle of accidents continues. Organizations and operators must need something more than rules and procedures to prevent unpredictable accidents. The solution is found in the principles of operating excellence. Since the beginning of the space program, astronauts have been following these principles and developing techniques to help flight crews stay alive and accomplish dangerous missions in the unforgiving environment of space. In Controlling Risk, you will learn how to operate better, work together, and improve performance in your high-risk business to accomplish much more in your dangerous world!